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This Blessed Plot

Britain and Europe From Churchill to Blair

By Hugo Young
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This Blessed Plot: Britain and Europe From Churchill to Blair by Hugo Young

Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that Britain sees itself as distinct from the rest of Europe. For instance, they use the pound instead of the euro and do not take part in the EU free travel zone. But how did Britain’s relationship with Europe end up like this? That’s what This Blessed Plot (1998) is all about. It explains that, since WWII, Britain has had a conflicted relationship with the European project, filled with negotiations and exemptions. With the “Brexit” now on everyone’s mind, find out more about this complicated history and what it might be able to tell us about Britain’s future.

  • Anyone interested in the “Brexit” referendum
  • Political junkies
  • Students of modern European history

Hugo Young was a British author and acclaimed journalist whose work appeared regularly in The Sunday Times and The Guardian. His other books include One of Us, an award-winning biography of Margaret Thatcher. He died in 2003.

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